Supt. Larry Shumway to Retire

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway

State Superintendent Larry K. Shumway Announces Retirement

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway announced today that he would retire on Jan. 1, 2013. The Utah State Board of Education began immediate work on finding a replacement.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve Utahns and the great educators we have in this state,” Shumway said. “It was always my intent to leave Utah’s public school system in better shape for the future and I believe our students are being better prepared for the future.”

“Superintendent Shumway’s contributions for the good of public education lie in many areas, but his role in the creation and articulation of the State Board’s vision and mission statement, Promises to Keep, is the legacy for which I am most grateful and for which he should be most proud,” said Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra G. Roberts. “We hate to see the superintendent retire, but understand that he has other areas where he desires to focus his attention.”

Shumway, 58, of Stansbury Park, is Utah’s 23rd State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He took over the position from Patti Harrington on July 1, 2009. Shumway has also served as deputy state superintendent, the head of educator licensing at the Utah State Office of Education, superintendent of the Tooele School District, and director of alternative schools and programs in the Davis School District. He earned his doctorate degree in education at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1993. His bachelor and master degrees are from Brigham Young University.

Under Shumway’s tenure, Utah’s public school system:

  • Grew from 563,273 students to 587,745 students (up 4 percent)
  • Grew from 1,009 schools to 1,094 schools (up 8 percent, which includes nine new charter schools)
  • Grew student participation in ACT college entrance exams from 23,229 students to 32,835 students (up 41 percent and now includes 97 percent of Utah high school seniors)
  • Grew student participation in AP exams from 15,274 to 17,350 (up 11 percent)
  • Grew the percentage of Utah students passing English language arts criterion-referenced tests from 78.2 percent to 82.2 percent
  • Grew the percentage of elementary/middle schools meeting acceptable levels of performance under the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS) from 91 to 97 percent
  •  Grew the percentage of high schools meeting acceptable levels of performance under U-PASS from 84 to 85 percent

All this took place at a time when Utah’s public school system increased its percentage of low-income students from 33 to 38 percent, or 43,509 students.

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3 comments to Supt. Larry Shumway to Retire

  • Elizabeth Ziegler

    Superintendent Shumway has been such a strong advocate for Utah’s students, fighting to protect crucial funding for classrooms during the worst economic crisis in recent history. It is sad to see him leave, but I wish him the best in his retirement.

  • Sharon Day

    Thank you Mr. Shumway for being ahead of the game with mobile technology for students! I can only hope you will continue to support technology for our High School students in your future endeavors after you retire.

  • J

    I don’t see anywhere under these servants tenure that the Constitution for the United States of America or the Utah State Constitution was taught to anyone. I see that it is said that the students were better prepared for jobs. But if you remember what the judge says in court “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Not one student has been educated in the law. Now how does that better prepare anyone for anything in life including those times we allegedly have a run in with the law? It doesn’t. Being prepared for a job does not prepare anyone for knowing what his or her duties are in the state. No one is prepared in knowing their rights and duties. All these servants are doing is giving lip service about how how great he or she was. I say BS to their alleged greatness. In the original Utah Constitution it was mandatory to teach the constitution. How can you know your rights and duties are if you don’t know what is written in the US and Utah Constitution?